Skylight is an important circular wall sculpture by Astrid Krogh and the latest in a series of sky-inspired works by the Danish artist.
By means of Astrid Krogh’s subtle sense of color graduations, Skylight is slowly changing nuances in a slow and meditative rhythm, analogous to the colors of the sky during a day. The feeling of infinite depth and cosmic reality is central to Krogh’s art, and by giving light a soft and tactile quality, Astrid Krogh is proposing a poetic vocabulary based on sensorial color experience, by which natural phenomena is transformed into emotional perception.
In the words of the British author Bradley Quinn: The lingua franca in Krogh’s world describes the feelings evoked by the beauty of the dawn, and the emotions stirred when the sunset streaks extraordinary colors across the sky. Her vocabulary is nuanced by sensory experiences, which are articulated through a lexicon of color and light….Krogh’s ability to speak the language of light reveals her mastery of the classic syntax of color, shadow and form. This syntax has been articulated by painters for centuries, through the work of masters such as Turner, Constable and Eckersberg, and more recently by contemporary artists such as James Turrell, Dan Flavin and Olafur Eliasson.
Astrid Krogh is widely considered as one of the most significant Danish artists in the field of light installations, starting by the end of the 1990s with monumental light weavings for various museum exhibitions and site-specific commissions such as the Maersk building, the Danish Parliament and the 21 C Museum in Cincinnati. In 2006, 2009 and 2011 she received the Danish Art Foundation Prize. She won the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal in 2008, and she received the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize in 2013. In 2015, she was awarded with the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark.
Light artist and textile designer, Astrid Krogh, was born in Denmark in 1968. Krogh graduated from the textile faculty of the Danish Design School, and is today recognized as a leading innovator in the intersecting fields of art, textile design, technology, and architectural intervention. Krogh anchors her art to new technologies by weaving optic strands into iridescent tapestries and creating optic fiber and LED sculptures that glow and illuminate in a rainbow of colors. With the subtle changing of patterns and colourways in the pieces, Astrid Krogh’s work creates a momentary pause in a high-speed world, showing that the cutting edge of art and design is not razor sharp, but as sensuous and soft as the subtle illuminations she creates.
« I like to work with high-tech materials in a low-tech way ».
Combining her textile design skills with technological know-how and state-of-the-art materials, Astrid Krogh started already by the end of the 1990s with monumental optical fiber weavings for various museum exhibitions and site-specific commissions. Krogh’s point of departure from conventional textile design was not merely her fascination for light, but also her attraction to shape-morphing objects and shifting colourways. « I use light as both a material and a technology », Krogh explains. « The presence of light is an essential component of my work. Light enables my textiles to pulsate, change patterns and create an entire spectrum of ever-changing colourways ».
Astrid Krogh succeeds in giving light a soft and tactile quality, proposing a highly original and poetic vocabulary based on contemplative perception and sensual color experience. In pieces like the Meadow or the Sky, the work changes into different hues of colors in a very slowly and hardly perceptible way therefore creating a poetic and sensorial experience.
Astrid Krogh’s works have been shown at various international exhibitions, museums and she has done important site-specific commissions such as the Maersk building, the Danish Parliament and the 21 C Museum in Cincinnati.
« I begin each commission by travelling to the site to look at existing lighting, the flow of human traffic and the general buzz around it », Krogh says. « I set out to truly integrate work into the space so that it becomes a part of it. Every building has a unique atmosphere; every space has its own soul. My work is born out of feeling, yet, takes shape according to the physical characteristics of the space ».
Astrid Krogh’s pieces are published in several important books about contemporary textiles, architecture and design and she has won several design prizes, including The Danish Art Foundation in 2006, 2009 et 2011. Krogh won the Thorvald Bindesboell Medal in 2008 and received the Inga & Ejvind Kold Christensen Prize. In 2015, Astrid Krogh was attributed the Annual Honorary Grant of the National Bank of Denmark and in 2016, she received the Finn Juhl Architecture Prize.
1995 – 1997 Institute for Product Design
1992-1995 Denmark’s Design School: Textile Department
WORKS AND PUBLIC COMMISIONS
Commission, A Square of the Universe. Design Museum Denmark
Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen
Commission, Danish University Centre, Beijing
Commission, Children Hospital, Göteborg
Commission, Church, Rigshositalet, Copenhagen
Commission, Nya Karolinska Solna, Stockholm
Commission Teglverkets School, Oslo, Norway
Commission, Malmø Högskola, Sweden
Commission for Nykøbing Katedralskole
Commission, Printemps Paris
Commission, 21 Museum Hotel, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Sketch for Frederiksbergbyggeriet, Århus
Askim Ungdomsskole, Norge
Sketch, “Hospital Lillebælt”
“Lightmail”, 21 C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
Private commission, “Morild”, Paris
‘Kamelia’, Kolding, 4×4 metre Neontapestry
Sketch for “Two Tunnels Project”, Bath; Great Britain
Sketch for Högskolen, Oslo, Norge
’Myriad’, Ceremony Room, Halden Prison, Norway 5 x 5 metre light tapestry
Vollsmose Kulturhus,, 4 x 4 meter Light mobile
Gigantium, Aalborg, 5 x 6 meter neontapestry.
‘Flower of life’, Sittard Hospital, The Netherlands 5 x 5 metre light mobile
’Light fall’, NRGI Aarhus (SHL architects) 2 stk 2 x 14 meter light tapestry (optical fibre)
‘Flora’ Kolding Commune, Neon wallpaper 12 x 11 metres
Coral’ Birkerød Aktivitetscenter, swim pool Mosaic 5 x 5 meter
”Snow flakes”, Bergen, Norway (Løvåsen Sykehjem) 8 stk light tapestry, neon
Facade, 8 x 100 metre, Birkerød Aktivitetscenter
Sketch for Mr. S. Gabbana, Portofino, summer residence
Glasfacades, Frederiksberg Slots Ridehus
Grønnegades Kulturcenter, Næstved 2 stk neon tapestry
‘Polytics’, The Danish Parliament, Christiansborg 3 x 8 meter neon tapestry
’Ornament’ 2,6 x 3,6 meter neon tapestry, bought by The National Art Foundation.
Reception, DSB, Sølvgade; København Glassfacade m. Optical fibre (3x10m)
DSB, Sølvgade, Copenhagen carpet (8x12m) + 3 stk metal goblin
Mærsk Data A/S, Vibenhus Runddel, Copenhagen, weaving stainless steel + neon (4x14m
2000 Design for Velux A/S, Denmark
1999 The Royal Library, Diamanten, Copenhagen.
2016 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2015 National Bank, Denmark
2012 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2011 Design Miami/Basel – Gallerie Maria Wettergren
2010 Gallery NB, Viborg
2006 ‘Ideal House, 2006’ IMM Messe, Cologne
2005 ‘Potential volumes by light’ Malmø kunstmuseum
2002 ’Tapeter’ Det Dansk Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen
2000 ’light mail’ Trapholt, Kolding
2019 Design Miami Basel / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2019 PAD Paris / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2018 Salon Art + Design, New York / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2018 PAD London / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2018 Design Miami Basel / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2018 PAD Paris / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2017 Salon Art + Design, New York / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2017 PAD London / Galerie Maria Wettergren
2017 Design Miami Basel / Galerie Maria Wettergren
Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London
2016 Design Nu, Designmuseum Denmark
2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Crafted: Objects in Flux
Design Miami Basel /Galerie Maria Wettergren
TEXTILE ART OF TODAY, Bratislava, Slovak Rebuplic,
2014 Design Miami Basel /Galerie Maria Wettergren
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature , Paris/ Designers Days 2014
BUILDING WITH TEXTILES’ / Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL
PAD Paris+ London/ Galerie Maria Wettergren
2013 Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris – Galerie Maria Wettergren
Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren
The Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2013
Mindcraft, Il Saloni, Milan
Musée Nationale Eugène Delacroix, Paris/”Installations Nordiques”
2012 Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris + London
“Movements”, Risør Kunstpark, Norge
Design Miami Basel – Galerie Maria Wettergren
2011 Pavillion Arts et Design, Paris
7th Tournai International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts
Design Miami – Galerie Maria Wettergren
2010 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
‘It´s a small world’, Shanghai
Cosmos, Silkeborg Bad
Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan
2009 Il Saloni, Danish Crafts, Milan
“it´s a small world”, Danish Design Centre
2008 Il Saloni, Milan
2007 Biennalen 2007 Koldinghus
2006 ‘Honey I’m Home’, Danish Design Centre
2005 ’ The 5th Textile Art Biennale Kaunas Lithuania ’Index 2005’ Dansk Design Centre
‘Konsthandverk 2005’ Roda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden
‘Danish – framing the future of design’ The Danish Center ’Use It’ Dansk Design Center, Tokyo
2004 ‘STUFF’ Danish Crafts, Toronto ’The 11.th International Triennial of Tapestry’ Lodz, Poland
2003 ‘Scandinavian Design beyond the Myth’ Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin ’Derfor’ Danish Craft, Paustian, Copenhagen
2002 ‘Fremtidens tradition, Danish Craft, Paris
2001 ‘Young Nordic Design: The Generation X’ Scandinavia House, New York Washington, Mexico, Finland (Design forum), Berlin (Det Nordiske Hus)
2000 ‘Danish Wave’ China
CODA Awards, 2016, Finn Juhl Architecture Prize, 2016, The Annual Honorary grant of the National Bank 2015, Inga og Ejvind Kold Christensens Fonds hæderspris 2013, Knud V Engelhardts Mindelegat 2012, Thorvald Bindesbøll Medaljen 2008, Rejselegat, Kulturministeriets designpulje NON NOBIS FONDEN, 2007 Danish Crafts 2007, 2009, 2011, Statens Kunstfond, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 arbejdslegat, Danish Solarfonden, udstillingslegat Ole Haslunds Kunstnerfond (kunstnerpris for 2003) Statens Kunstfond´s 3-årige arbejdslegat (juni 2002) Martha og Paul René Gauguins Fond (fondens kunstnerpris for 2001) Thomas B. Thriges Fond, Augustinus Fonden, Grosserer L.F. Foghts (2000, 2010), Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 (2002, 2004) Politikenfonden Arbejdslegat, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk Gammel Dok Pakhus, København (1999, 2000, 2001,2003 og 2006)
Augustinus Fonden (2012, 2000)
2014-18 Chairman of the Project Support Committee for Crafts and Design, The Danish Arts Foundation
2013 Board member for Denmark’s Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968
2010 Board member of Trapholt – Museum for art, design and Handicraft, Kolding
2006 Boardmember of “Kulturkanonen”, Danish Ministry of Culture
2005 Leader of workshop Northern Fibre 06, Finland
2004 Curator, Biennale 2004 (Danish Craft)
2000 Member of ‘Stroom’ Den Haags centrum voor beeldende kunst, Holland